2011 Te Mata "Estate" Cabernets/Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand (Elsewhere $20)

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This delicious right-bank Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is sourced entirely from Te Mata's own estate vineyards which are some of the finest in New Zealand. This is an incredibly quaffable medium to full bodied wine with lovely flavor concentration of crushed bramble fruits and black currants. The wine is not over ripe which allows some nice subtle notes of pencil shavings, cedar and wet stone minerality to show through on the finish. The tannins are fine but have some good grip making this a very food friendly wine especially for red meat. An exceptional value due to our Direct Import relationship with Te Mata Estate. - Ryan Woodhouse K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer. From the winery: "Estate Vineyards Merlot/Cabernets ’11 has a bright crimson colour, with characters of plum, blackberry and apple compote, and an attractive cinnamon spice and bay leaf background. The classically structured palate shows sweet, ripe fruit flavours in great balance, with fine, dry tannin, leading to a supple, even finish."

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2014 | Send Email
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An exceptional value. This has a ton of real Bordeaux character for a very small price. The wine has soft supple fruit, a real silky texture and some lovely savory, tobacco and wood spice notes that give a lovely complexity and nuance for a wine of this price point. What a great everyday drinker thanks to our direct import pricing advantage!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2014 | Send Email
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This is a fantastic value for any fan of hearty Cab/Merlot blends. A rich, dark fruit core and just enough tannin structure and spice make this a very serious wine for not a lot of money.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2019

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.